Classic Everest Base Camp

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A classic and challenging trek following the renowned Everest expedition route. You will also have the opportunity to ascend Kala Pattar (5545m) with it’s spectacular views across the South Col and the summit of Mt Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m), Nuptse (7879m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6608m) and Kantega (6685m). You will continue your Himalayan journey to eventually reach Everest Base Camp, the starting point for summit attempts.

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  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Classic Everest Base Camp.

Classic Everest Base Camp is one of the most rewarding treks in Everest region of Nepal. This trek is blended with both cultural and natural attractions of Khumbu. This trek also provides the time forgotten landmarks that once were important layover points during the days of George Mallory, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary who were the legends of the Everest.

During this trek you will have the opportunity to ascend Kala Pattar (5545m) with its spectacular views across the South Col and the summit of Mt Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m), Nuptse (7879m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6608m) and Kantega (6685m). You will continue your Himalayan journey to eventually reach Everest Base Camp, the starting point for summit attempts.The major highlights of this trek are the diverse flora and fauna, Sagarmatha National Park, diverse landscapes and authentic Himalayan Sherpa Culture. Classic Everest Base Camp Trek is a perfect combination of nature, culture and adventure. The region is rich in culture taking you through traditional Sherpa villages and onto the ancient and unspoilt Thyangboche and Pangboche monasteries which nestle high up in the mountains. You will be sleeping in teahouses along the way where we will also eat your meals.

We also offer a 15 day itinerary which includes a day’s sightseeing around Kathmandu visiting the ancient city of Bhaktapur and Boundanath Stupa. This trek runs during March to May and September to December. So, get ready to endure whatever comes in to your way.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Accommodation in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu,  and Guest House accommodation in mountain
  • All domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in mountain
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary program by private vehicles
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking local guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter),
  • All necessary paper works
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All government and local taxes
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs )
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  1. Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

    A representative and driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.

  2. Day 02 Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding (2656m)

    The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes 45 minutes. A hair-raising landing on a steep mountain runway, brings you to the village of Lukla [2900m]. After meeting the crew, you start your trek by heading up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail to Phakding. Overnight at teahouse.

  3. Day 03 Trek to Namche (3450m)

    From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

  4. Day 04 Rest day in Namche Bazaar

    Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you can visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

  5. Day 05 Trek to Tengboche (3867m)

    From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. You will get a good view of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, you descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here you can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche, famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam rising in the horizon can be seen from your overnight stop.

  6. Day 06 Trek to Pheriche (4252m)

    You descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam (6,856 m), and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings you to Pheriche.

  7. Day 07 Trek to Lobuche (4930m)

    You continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. You then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

  8. Day 08 Trek to Gorak Shep (5184m)

    To reach your next stop, Kala Pattar, you follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. You stop for lunch at Gorak Shep where you will spend the night. Later in the afternoon, you make your way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar (5554m). As the light begins to fade you stroll back to your camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for your trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.

  9. Day 09 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5357m)

    A very early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. You return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche.

  10. Day 10 Trek to Pangboche (3985m)

    Today’s trek is mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit. After lunch you cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.

  11. Day 11 Trek to Namche (3450m)

    You continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche you descend to the bridge over the Dudh Koshi. At Phunki Tenga, you get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making your way back to Namche.

  12. Day 12 Trek to Lukla (2800m)

    Your final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.

  13. Day 13 Fly to Kathmandu

    After an early breakfast, you will head to the airstrip for your return journey to Kathmandu. Later, you are have free time to explore free for independent activities. You stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

  14. Day 14 Departure (B)

    This is our last day in Nepal. It can be devoted to recreation, As well as the most important thing – the day you can buy presents for their relatives, colleagues and friends), the final evening gala dinner and going home. Late in the evening flight home.


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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

A trek in Nepal is more about endurance than anything else. You will be trekking most days and can expect to be on the trail an average of 5–7 hours per day. The lower elevations may be the most difficult as you cover the most ground and the temperatures are hotter. By the time you reach the higher elevations you will be in prime condition and the distances are shorter. People of many ages and ability successfully complete all the treks in Nepal—those who are strong willed and in good condition should have few problems.

The answer depends on the trek but the range is about 1–3 weeks. The quickest way to get up close and personal with the big mountains is the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, which can be completed from Pokhara in as few as 8 days. Longer treks in remote regions such as Makalu Base Camp can take three weeks or more. The Everest Base Camp trek takes 14–17 days.

You will also want to spend a couple of days in Kathmandu before your trek getting your bearings straight and making final preparations (more if you haven’t pre-booked a guide). And try to leave a cushion after your trek in case things take longer than expected.

Peak season is the fall months of October and November when the air is clear and the mountain views are best. Temperatures during this time are ideal for trekking—warm at lower elevations and cool up high—and the conditions are relatively dry. Along with the good weather comes the biggest crowds, felt from the bustling streets of Thamel to the trails themselves.

The temperature drops during the winter months but the air remains clear. If the weather is on your side, the first half of December can be epic with fantastic views and greater solitude. Be aware that once winter arrives the mountains slow down–high elevation trekking becomes treacherous and teahouses may close.

The second most popular time of the year to trek in Nepal is the spring season from late February to mid-April. Temperatures are as good as the fall and the crowds are smaller, but you can expect more haze and precipitation, particularly at lower elevations. Mountain views should be clear up high but things can get socked in down low.

Trekking in Nepal from May through August is best avoided. The monsoon months bring heat, clouds and rain, limiting the mountain views and creating messy trails and ground transportation headaches. One possible exception for hiking during the monsoon is the dryer Mustang region.

Nepal is under a constant cloud of political uncertainty as has been for years. The U.S. Department of State and other governments urge caution when traveling to Nepal, often in the form of official travel warnings. Travelers should read these warnings and exercise caution as they would before traveling to any other country.

After significant due diligence before my recent trip to Nepal, I came away reasonably confident that Nepal is safe for trekkers. A number of knowledgeable people were unequivocal in their opinions that trekking in Nepal is mostly unaffected by politics. I booked our tickets after hearing from two fellow Coloradans who were in Kathmandu preparing for a trek when the King was overthrown. Their advice was to go and that, “everything will be fine…just don’t burn tires in front of the Royal Palace.”

As with any foreign country, use good judgment and do your part to ensure that you have a safe trip. Solo trekkers are most at risk for a number of reasons and it’s best to go with a guide. Don’t walk around the streets of Kathmandu late at night (taxis are extremely cheap) and avoid large crowds. Petty theft can occur at lowland villages including from the tents of unsuspecting trekkers.

For those who decide to make the trip, the number of people trekking in Nepal remains relatively low compared to years past and it’s a great time to go.

Thamel in Kathmandu has a variety of food options and you should be able to find just about anything. While trekking you will become all too familiar with dal baht, the traditional Nepalese dish consisting of rice, lentils, and seasonal vegetables (meat is often available too). Dal baht may not be your first choice for a post-trek meal but genreally it’s tasty and the portions are generous, making for happy trekkers.

You won’t regret bringing a box of protein bars and vitamins from home. Dal baht provides carbs and some protein but isn’t exactly packed with nutrition; bars make a great snack on the trail or backup for a less than stellar meal. Snickers are ubiquitous in the villages and serve the same general purpose.

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